Election fever is building up in Chile as the date of the Presidential Elections, September 4, approaches.
GV Santiago traffic PAN to election posters on building
ZOOM in Tomic placard on building
SV Allende poster
SV other election posters
SV exterior palace (2 shots)
SV crowd waving at Allende meeting
SV Allende waves crowd
CV Allende speaking
SV crowd at Allesandri meeting
SV Allesandri PAN to crowd
SV procession at Tomic meeting
SV Tomic waves to crowd.
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Background: Election fever is building up in Chile as the date of the Presidential Elections, September 4, approaches.
The three candidates in the Presidential poll to succeed President Eduardo Frei are 58-year-old Radomiro Tomic of the Ruling Christian Democrats, Salvador Allende, 64, representing a left-wing Coalition, and Jorge Allesandri, a 73-year-old former President supported by right-wing groups.
In the past Chile has been an example of stability and calm in Latin America, but the Presidential campaign has been fought against a background of bitterness and even violence.
In Santiago on the 24th August, riot police with batons and shields fought a four-hour pitched battle with striking health workers.
The 12-year-old son of Housing Minister Andres Donosco underwent an emergency operation for a cracked skull after demonstrators stoned him and his father as they drove through Santiago on the evening of the 23rd August.
The Minister escaped unhurt, but the condition of the boy was grave, a hospital spokesman said. The riot police finally dispersed the striking health workers with tear gas, and drove them away from the city centre. They arrested ten people, and several were slightly injured.
The right-wing has been making its voice heard more and more in the run-up to the election. The farmers, unhappy with President Frei's agricultural reform, are reported to be stocking arms; extreme leftists are turning their back on legal processes; and alleged guerrilla warfare schools have been uncovered by the Government near Valdivia in the south.